What am I entitled to?

Places in Nurseries for 3, 4 and some 2 year olds

The Scottish Government announced on the 30 March 2020 that the statutory duty for local authorities to provide up to 1140 hours of early learning and childcare will be suspended from August 2020 as a result of Covid 19 pandemic. Therefore the statutory entitlement of 600 hours remains at present. However Glasgow City Council will offer up to 1140 hours commencing Wednesday 12th August 2020 during Session 2020/2021 academic year. Parents will be charged for meals, milk and snack provision as you previously would have in the interim.

In Scotland, all children aged 3 or 4 years old and some 2 year olds are entitled to a part-time, funded nursery place in either a Council nursery, or in a nursery or playgroup which has a partnership contract with the Council.

It is not always possible to guarantee that this place will be in your first choice of nursery.

Places are for up to 30 hours per week (1140 hours per year) and are across all of the nurseries in Glasgow. These hours can be offered in a wide variety of patterns to suit the needs of families.

If your child is offered a full day place, you can access a maximum of  funded 6 hours per day / 30 funded hours per week throughout the year.

In Glasgow, children become eligible for funding in Glasgow City Council Nurseries and Partner Nurseries as follows:

Places for Children aged 3 and 4 years

Glasgow City Council Nurseries:

from the first Monday after child's 3rd birthday.

Glasgow City Council Partner Nurseries:

Glasgow City Council resident children: Day after 3rd birthday.

Out with Glasgow City Council resident children: from the 1st Monday of following MONTH after the childs 3rd birthday.  Please refer to attached West Partnership Inter Authority Protocol 2020/2021 and Inter Authority Cross Boundary Funding Leaflet 2020/2021


Places for Children under 3

There is no entitlement to nursery places for children under 3, other than for those 2 year olds who meet the criteria set out in the Children & Young People’s Act 2014.

Glasgow City Council provides a high number of nursery places for children under 3 but these are popular and a priority criteria is used to allocate the places.

Most private nurseries and some voluntary sector groups also provide places for children under 3. Parents/carers should contact private nurseries / voluntary sector groups for further information in respect of Eligible 2 funded places.

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